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Bill Hughes' passion for photography was ignited at the age of eight, when he first learned how to develop film in his dad's photography studio in Lumberton, North Carolina. His father, who had worked as a freelance photographer for the Associated Press, had settled down to start a family and passed on his love for the craft to his son.

As a young man, Hughes traveled extensively, working as a musician in a US Navy Band throughout the Far East, and studying music at the University of Oregon and University of Michigan. He worked various odd jobs in the late 60s and 70s, including as a taxi driver in New York City, a musician in off-off Broadway theater, a church organist, and even as a movie extra in Almeria, Spain for "spaghetti westerns".

However, it was in the 1990s that Hughes' passion for photography was reignited. He began capturing the Latino community in the North End of Springfield, Massachusetts, while studying with photographer Robert Aller at Holyoke Community College. This work later became known as the Pa'lante series, and it was during this time that he was heavily influenced by the late photographer, historian, critic, and writer Ben Lifson, and later by Professor Frank Ward.

In recent years, Hughes has traveled the world, capturing the essence of different cultures and cities through his lens. He has photographed on the streets of Berlin, Prague, Paris, Athens, the magical Greek island of Hydra, New York City, and Venice Beach, California, where he visits yearly. Each place offers a new perspective and a different way of seeing the world.

Hughes' work has been displayed in various galleries in the United States, including the Museum of Fine Arts in Springfield, Massachusetts, The Arno Maris Gallery, Westfield State University, Boston Science Museum, Boston, Massachusetts and the Danforth Art Museum, Framingham,  Massachusetts. 


Today, Hughes resides with his wife in the town of Montgomery, in Western Massachusetts, where he continues to work in his private studio. 

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This Is Us: Regional Portraiture Today, Springfield Museum of Fine Arts, Springfield, MA


Recent Work: Robert Aller and William Hughes, Meta Lacy Gallery, New Britain Art League, New Britain, CT
Eyes of Western Massachusetts, Colson Gallery, Eastworks, Easthampton, MA


Faces of the North End, Springfield Museums, Springfield, MA


Travels with Epicurus: Photographs from Hydra, Greece, Westfield Athenaeum, Westfield, MA


The Art of Handmade & Alternative Photography, Vermont Center for Photography, Brattleboro, VT


Phontography Exhibition, Vermont Center for Photography, Brattleboro, VT


Valley Photographers, Valley Photo Center, Springfield, MA, Through the Iris, The Photographic Perspective, Arno Maris Gallery, Westfield State University, Westfield, MA


Group Exhibition, Taber Gallery, Holyoke Community College, Holyoke, MA


Group Show, Media Arts Center, Holyoke Community College, Holyoke, MA


Valley Photographers, Arno Maris Gallery, Westfield State University, Westfield, MA000    From This Seasoned Table, portraits of elderly writers, Wisteriahurst Museum, Holyoke, MA


Secrets of Aging, Boston Museum of Science, Boston, MA, traveling United States in 2002


WestFest Arts Festival, 1st prize, Black & White Photography


Pa’lante Series, solo exhibition, Brightwood Library, Springfield, MA, Zone Art Center Springfield, MA 2nd Prize (juried by Marni Sandweiss, Mead Art Museum)

Pa’lante Series, solo exhibition, Visual Art Center Gallery, Springfield College, Springfield, MA


New England Photographers ’92, Danforth Museum of Art, Framingham, MA


Pa’lante Series, solo exhibition, Forbes Library, Northampton, MA



The Oven by Ilan Stavans, photographs by Bill Hughes, University of Massachusetts Press


Dan Klein: Travels with Epicurus Explores The Best Path To A Fulfilled Old Age, New York Times


Plato and a Platypus Walk Into a Bar: Understanding philosophy through jokes, author photographs,  Abrams Image, New York


North Light and the Digital Darkroom, contributing writer, eDIGITALPHOTO,


Black And White and Color Fine Art, Bill Hughes website review,  Joe Farace, Shutterbug Magazine


Many Families, Many Literacies, Heinemann Press, Portsmouth, NH


Living Together, winner, Asia/Pacific Cultural Centre for UNESCO World Photo Contest


Believe in Yourself, fifty portraits, Published by Read/Write/Now Adult Learning Center, Springfield

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